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  • Firstly, Kennedy`s statement that
  • Seminal U.S. Documents Essential Question Project
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  • How do seminal U.S. documents reflect the beliefs of the people and the foundations of American society?
  • For example, Kennedy uses allusion when referencing the
  • Seminal U.S. documents reflect the beliefs of the people within American society at that time with its content, which tries to convince the audience of the speaker`s main belief and most likely the same concerns of the people listening to him.
  • "Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today...we will be free one day" (MLK 497-498).
  • “our last [hope, the United Nations,] in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge…for peace” (JFK 43)
  • King speaks on the behalf of a group so one can infer that his audience concerns themselves of the issue of segregation.
  • makes him seem to speak on the behalf of a group so his audience, America, certainly concern themselves with his message of peace. Secondly, King states
  • Seminal documents also reflect the foundations of American society through its use of allusion.
  • King also references
  • "the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence … [guaranteeing] the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" (MLK 495).
  • Both Kennedy`s and King`s use of allusion act to reflect the beliefs for life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the documents that makes those beliefs into laws acting as the foundations of American society.
  • “revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought…the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God” (JFK 42).
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